NARS Satin Lipstick (Banned Red and Tolede)

NARS Satin Lipstick Banned Red swatch dark skin
NARS Banned Red

NARS promises that their iconic lipstick will be lightweight, long lasting and resistant to bleeding/feathering. I do think that Banned Red (pictured above) does have a decent wear time for a satin lipstick. I can get a good 4 hours of wear through drinking and a light snack before it needs to be touched up. Unfortunately for me, I do not agree that it is resistant to feathering. I have some very fine lines along my top lip that this formula creeps into. On the up side, I don’t think anyone else would notice the feathering, but it does bother me. They also say that it will leave your lips feeling hydrated, which I also don’t experience. I do think that this formula is comfortable to wear, but I don’t feel that it offers my lips any nourishment.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Swatches (Rum Raisin, Raisin Rage, Desert Escape)

After mentioning my favorite lipstick formulas in another post, I thought it would be nice to swatch any formulas or colors that I haven’t shared in the past. Up first are the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks. I have shown swatches of both Raisin Rage and Rum Raisin previously, but I decided to go ahead and include them next to a newer to me shade (desert escape).

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick rum raisin, raisin rage, desert escape swatches medium dark skin
L to R: Revlon rum raisin, raisin rage, desert escape

As I’ve mentioned, I really think this line from Revlon is still one of the best on the market if you like a traditional cream bullet lipstick. They are comfortable and provide good pigmentation. If you like an opaque coverage, these might be a miss for you, but I wouldn’t describe them as sheer.

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Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom (114 Glow Swatch and Review)

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom 114 Glow Swatch

The new Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom is a comfortable formula with a beautiful shine. It applies smoothly and the pigmentation is great for such a balmy feeling product. While there is no tingling feeling, the formula does seem to be slightly plumping. Unfortunately, it has no longevity and on me it doesn’t wear away evenly.

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom 114 Glow swatch dark skin
Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom in 114 Glow

It only takes about an hour and a half to two hours to need a touch up. As it wears down, the color that is left behind is more muted and the shine is gone. Obviously, that change can be expected, but it happens a little faster than I’d prefer. I was eating, drinking, and talking while trying this out, so I guess if you somehow manage not to do any of that, you will have better staying power. So after about an an hour or two (depending on eating and drinking) it was worn off at center of my lips and it had sunk into my lip lines. The way it wore off meant that the only choice was to reapply. I will say that it was easy to apply on top of itself, I didn’t need to clean off my lips and start fresh.

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bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick (Presence)

Before we get into the review of the bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick, I want to cover some basics.  I love a traditional bullet lipstick with a cream finish.  That is the type of lip product that I default to and enjoy wearing the most.  To give you a frame of reference, my favorite drug store formulas are the Revlon Super Lustrous Cream Finish (swatches of raisin rage and extra spicy) and the Maybelline Color Sensational original line (The Creams).  My favorite formulas on the high-end side would be the Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color and the Laura Mercier Rouge Essential Lipstick (swatch of brun naturel).

UPDATES: I had the price of MAC lipstick incorrect, they are $19.00 rather than $18.50. I also forgot to mention that the Maybelline lipsticks have a scent that can be off putting. If you are sensitive to scent, Revlon has no smell.

bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick - presence
bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick – Presence

I didn’t have much to go on when I bought this lipstick at my local base exchange (I’m a military spouse).  All I knew about it were the claims on the box.  It promised a lip color and treatment in one, that it would be free of dryness, and have maximum impact.  I do agree that it is not drying, but I wouldn’t call it moisturizing.  It is lightweight and comfortable to wear and I often forget I have it on.  I tend to prefer thicker lipstick formulas that you can feel, so when something is lightweight it stands out to me.

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